"A man that has friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother." -Proverbs 18:23, American KJV
"For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;" -2 Cor 10:3-5, KJV
Kevin's original question
"Rick, several weeks ago I asked you how Gay Christians should try to change the non-biblical ideas and bigotry in the church at large. I've had some time to think about your answer. I hope I'm accurate in my recap recap of your answer.
You said that we (gay christians) need to be an example of believers who are loving and consistent in our walk with the Lord. I hope that accurately sums up your response.
I will say at the onset there is some hurt, anger and frustration at what I've observed and experienced over the last three years since I came out. I want to base my comments on my observations of the actions of those brothers and sisters in Christ.
As a child of the 50s going through the teen years in the 60s, I experienced all the turmoil and change that was taking place in the social conscience of our society and the cobwebbed cathedrals of fundamentalist churches.
I marched with my Mother in protests against racial inequality. I was one of very few whites who worked for an African American owned company and counted a black man as my best friend. These were not great leaps of courage for me but rather the upbringing of parents that lived racial equality.
I said all that, to say, change never just happens. People will follow the status quo unless something or someone throws a monkey wrench in the works. I believe that our American society would still deny African Americans their rights had it not been for a pastor like Dr. Martin Luther King.
I believe the Reformation would have not occurred had it not been for Martin Luther King's name sake, Martin Luther. I also believe that gay Christians can not expect change simply by being good boys and girls and living for the Lord.
Christianity will be perfectly comfortable sitting in their air conditioned ivory towers on padded pews, watching their large screen monitors and letting Christianity stagnate.
Both Martin Luther and Dr. Martin Luther King set out to fight a giant. They risked hatred, gossip and even death for their beliefs. First century Christianity was very radical. Jesus and the Twelve were very radical. That set them far apart from religion.
They were never accused of being like the religious establishment. They were never confused with the hypocrisy of the religious leaders. However, today that is exactly the problem in Christianity. The gay Community views them (biblical christianity) as just more hateful religious people. They can't see the love of a family based on faith in the shed blood of our Jesus.
Nor can they experience the Agape (Godly love) of brothers and sisters in Christ. They see a so called family filled with rejection and hatred. The gay community sees condemnation not forgiveness.
I ask again, What do we need to do to effect change. My dad use to say. "Change peoples mind and and God will change their hearts and that will change the world." "Dad," I'm trying to change their minds, in love. That's the meaning of REPENT, to change your mind."
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